This was during Chimulirenji’s maiden rally in Ntcheu, where the top leaders, notably Southern Region Government Charles Mchacha, Eastern Region Vice President Bright Msaka and Information Minister Henry Mussa.
Disclosing his support was also Southern Region Vice President Kondwani Nankhumwa, who, according to Chimulirenji himself, is actually planning a massive welcoming rally in the Southern region.
Available during the rally was also the Patron for Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural grouping Joseph Mwanamvekha.
In an apparent reaction to social media assertions that have been suggesting that most DPP leaders from the Lhomwe Belt were bitter with President Mutharika’s choice, Charles Mchacha said the region fully supports Chimulirenji.
“I have come here in person just to deliver this message and put to shame all those that have been saying people from the Lhomwe region were not happy with President Mutharika’s choice. This is not true,” said Mchacha.
In his remarks, Chimulirenji said President Mutharika has not erred in choosing to pair him in the forthcoming May 21 tripartite polls.
Said Chimulirenji: “A lot has been said about me but what I can tell you is that the President has made the right choice. This is not the first time that I am representing Malawians. I have represented Malawi before outside the country on several occasions,” Chimulirenji told the gathering.
People of Ntcheu, he said, have given him a go ahead to partner with President Mutharika saying he was a development conscious leader.
“Even people of Ntcheu want me to work with President Mutharika as his running mate because he is a visionary and development conscious leader. I would like to assure you that we are not losing elections because we are a good team,” Chimulirenji explained.
The Running mate who is also Ntcheu North East parliamentarian asked the people of Eastern region to give him much support on his new appointment.
President Mutharika announced of the appointment of Chimulirenji as his running mate in the May 21, 2019 tripartite elections in Blantyre recently during presentation of nomination papers for presidential aspirants to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
His appointment attracted mixed reactions from some quarters of the society who said Chimulirenji was not a suitable candidate for the position.
President Mutharika himself has maintained that Chimulirenji is the best candidate for the position whom he said was loyal, trustworthy, hardworking and a performer.
Speaking during the same rally, Vice President for DPP in the Eastern region, Bright Msaka said the rally was meant to endorse Chimulirenji as the party’s running mate and drum up their support towards him.
“This is a day for celebration as you can see that we celebrated his appointment as running mate and we are certain that he is our next vice president come May 2019. He is just the right candidate and we are ready to support him in any way as Eastern region,” he pointed out.
Msaka disputed rumours circulating on social media and other platforms that there are disagreements in the party following the appointment of Chimulirenji as running mate saying the presence of senior party officials from all regions at the rally showed that they were happy with his appointment.
“What people are saying is not true. There is nothing like divisions in the party that is why all the regions are here. DPP is united and will fight as one during elections. There were heavy rains here but people stayed to show solidarity that we are with him,” he said.
The Eastern region Vice President described Prof. Mutharika and Chimulirenji partnership as a sellable pair which he said is a product that cannot easily be defeated by anybody.
Senior Chief Kwataine thanked President Mutharika for choosing a running mate from Ntcheu.
The meeting was attended by party officials from all regions of country, Cabinet Ministers, Chiefs and Party supporters.